Man, this world is an ugly place sometimes, but God has a way of reminding us of the beauty of His creation. I was blessed to have the opportunity to accompany my son, Trey, on his senior high school trip to England and Scotland a couple months ago, and it was simply amazing. The majesty of Europe can’t be captured in pictures, and the architecture was stunning.
See what I did there? “Majesty?” Queen of England? Anyway, moving on.
We were able to journey to a small town in Scotland called “Stow,” just the two of us. When researching our family, we found out our branch of the Weddle’s come from Germany, but the name “Weddle” was born in Stow, which used to be called “Stowe of Wedale.” Wedale eventually became Weddle, and hundreds of years later, “here we are,” as they say.
Trey and I took the short, 26-mile train ride from Edinburgh to Stow, after having spent the previous, sleepless night quoting Jim Morrison:
“Now night arrives with her purple legion
Retire now to your tents and to your dreams
Tomorrow we enter the town of my birth
I want to be ready” (from “Palace of Exile,” by The Doors)
When we arrived, it was honestly the most peaceful, picturesque place I’d ever visited, and there was a part of my spirit which felt it had come home, finally, after 50 years of Earth-life.
I’ve not felt that peaceful before or since, although walks in the country come mighty close.
Most days offer anything but peace. One day, however, all the misery, pain, depression, anxiety, worry, fear and sleepless nights will be over. One day, we will have true peace, when God has founded His kingdom:
“He’ll establish justice in the rabble of nations and settle disputes in faraway places. They’ll trade in their swords for shovels, their spears for rakes and hoes. Nations will quit fighting each other, quit learning how to kill one another. Each man will sit under his own shade tree, each woman in safety will tend her own garden. The Lord of Heaven’s armies says so, and he means what he says. All other nations follow their own gods. But we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever (Micah 4:3–5).”
One version says, “All fighting between nations will end. They will never again train for war.” Can you imagine? Nobody will train for battle, because war itself will be abolished.
Now THAT’S peace, and it’s coming. A day when we will trade our guns, swords and spears for tools we can use to work the land.
WOW, what an amazing promise! Others can follow their own gods if they so choose, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.